Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mr. T, Apr 27, 2010.
EDIT: WOW, I did pretty good for not seeing the poll.
> made using arguably better materials
> 5 round magazine standard
> drilled and tapped out of the box
> 3" magnum chamber standard
> costs ~$200 brand new
Buying one saves you lots of cash for practice ammo and extras over buying most any other new pump shotgun.
As far as reliability, reviews across the board report very consistent quality. I think I've read maybe one or two post mentioning a problem with a PP 12 gauge, as opposed to 5-10 reporting problems with new 870's.
Smoothness? In my experience, the 1300 wins.
Accuracy with slugs? In my experience, the Mossberg 500 wins.
There are pros and cons to each, and within each one of these, individual guns will differ from others of the same make and model (ie. I have a Mossberg that happens to be exceptionally accurate and can't really represent the entire group.)
Winchester Model 12
Ithaca Model 37
But the all time "Best" is the one that you will practice with the most!
Bird hunting: Remington 870
Home defense: Mossberg 500
870 older used
Mossberg 590A1 18.5" barrel
Savage Stevens 350 ghost ring sights, very slick action - Ithaca 37 style shotgun - Very well made and the best deal out of the bunch.
The reason I pick Browning over the Remington or the Mossy is they are still made out of steel. I like the bottom loading/eject, tang safety, the fit of the metal to wood (or composite) and the feel of the BPS. The down side is they are heavier because of the build, but I will give up a little weight for the quality. I have never had one let me down and the older one is my Goose and Duck gun and has made many a trip to the Sporting Clays range. The new 'Tactical' model is my HD shotgun, not much more I can say about trust and reliability.
Never misfired or failed to feed.
If i ony had to own 1 gun it would be a 1300!
better than a Model 12?
Of thones you've listed, I'd choose the Moss. 500.
The 870 is a great skeet & trap gun, but the Mossberg is more durable in my opinion.
Reliability, ergonomics, options, price.
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